The members of the Erevan Choral Society at Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Erevan Choral Society and Orchestra of Greater Boston annual Christmas Concert, a gift to the Boston-area community, has become a tradition, marking the start of the holiday season. The concert took place on Sunday, December 15, in the sanctuary of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston.

This year’s concert was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the births of the Gomidas Vartabed and writer Hovannes Toumanian.


Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, officially presented the Yerevan City Council Gold Medal to the Choral Society.

The students of the Armenian School of Holy Trinity Church opened the program with a number of recitations dedicated to the two. Then, under the traditional song of O Come, All Ye Faithful, played by the orchestra and conducted by Composer Konstantin Petrossian, choral members walked to the altar and commenced the concert, presenting a rich mix of traditional American and Armenian Christmas Carols.

The program also was enhanced by two impressive soloists. Soprano Knarik Nerkarayan’s beautiful voice and unrepeatable performance of Ave Maria by J.S. Bach/Gounod, charmed those present. Tenor Giovanni Famzanoji was a pleasant surprise of the concert, who with his beautiful voice and unique interpretation of traditional Christmas songs, made a great impression on the audience.

A special tribute was paid to Gomidas; a medley of his songs, arranged by Petrossian, was presented for the first time and was warmly received by those present. Needless to say, the famous Yegeghetzin Haygagan (The Armenian Church) song, which was dedicated to the loving memory of the Very Reverend Oshagan Minassian, the founder of the Erevan Choral Society, has become very popular in the community.

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The high quality and professional performance of both the Chorale and the Orchestra, creating a constellation of sounds and harmony, were all visible throughout the concert.

Soloists Knarik Nerkararyan and Giovanni Famzanoji

At the conclusion of the concert, pastor of the Church, Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, announced to the audience the awarding of the Gold Medal to the Choral Society from Yerevan City Council. The award was given by order of Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan in recognition of the outstanding work that the Choral Society and the Orchestra have carried out to promote Armenian culture and music in Diaspora. This is an honorable award, and the first time a musical ensemble actively performing outside the Homeland, has been recognized and awarded.

The award was officially presented by Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, who was present at the concert. Manougian highlighted the important work that Erevan Choral Society has carried out in the Diaspora for many years to promote Armenian Art at the highest level.

He also warmly congratulated Father Vasken Kouzouian, the Pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Church, on the 25th anniversary of his Ordination and Ministry.

Many public officials and clergymen were present at the concert, which has become an annual and traditional cultural event in the Armenian Community of Greater Boston.


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